Minister for Business Peter Styles announced SRA would receive a Northern Territory Government Business Innovation Support Initiatives (BISI) grant from the latest funding round to help them develop a search and rescue drone.
“SRA will use its grant to develop a prototype for an unmanned, aerial Search and Rescue System, or drone, which has the potential to save lives,” Mr Styles said.
“Innovative businesses are proven to be more sustainable, productive and efficient and, in turn, employ more people.
“The Country Liberals Government recognises innovation is an important economic driver and the BISI program is helping to foster a culture of innovation within the NT business community.”
The project will see the creation of a remotely controlled or automated aircraft that can be deployed during rescue situations.
The prototype will be tested for range, flight time, stability, environmental implications and ability to deploy thermal and HD imaging.
“SRA is extremely excited about the prospect of progressing this project which otherwise might have faced delays,” said SRA CEO Steve Rowe.
“It could potentially increase safety of both emergency personnel and casualties by acting as a forward scout to identify safe approach routes during rescues and even delivering items such as blankets or radios to the casualty.
“This technology could also significantly reduce the cost of rescue operations through the reduction of expensive helicopter hours.”
The BISI program launched on 1 July 2014 and is designed to encourage and enable innovation within the Northern Territory business community.